How to Fix a Small Hole in the Wall How to Fix a Small Hole in the Wall

What You'll Need
Joint compound
Sanding block or Sandpaper
Sponge
Water
Vacuum cleaner
Mop
Trowel
Primer
Paint

A hole in the wall can be an eyesore, especially when it is at a prominent spot. Most small holes in the wall are left behind by screws. These holes can be easily fixed and with a coat of paint, your wall will look like new again. Below are some of the steps you can follow when repairing a small hole on your wall.

Step 1 – Sand the Hole

The best time to fix a small hole in the wall is just before you are going to embark on a painting project. If the hole is near the floor or some other spot that is not easily seen, you need not spend time and money for fixing the hole and repainting. It is not advisable to patch the hole and paint exclusively over the patch, because the paint will look uneven. If you do fix the hole, paint the entire wall to achieve an even, attractive color. When you start fixing a small hole in the wall, the first step is to sand down the hole. This will get rid of any raised, sharp edges. Using a sanding block or a piece of fine grit sandpaper, sand down the hole till you achieve a smooth area. After sanding the hole, wipe it with a sponge that is slightly damp with water, but is not dripping wet.

Step 2 – Fill the Hole

Once the hole has been sanded and cleaned, you must wait for the surface to dry and then you can start filling up the hole. Use a good quality joint compound and a trowel for this purpose. Repeat the process until the hole is completely filled. Lightly scrape off the excess compound, taking care not to dislodge any of the filling. Let the joint compound dry thoroughly. This usually takes close to a day.

Step 3 – Sand and Clean

After the hole has been filled and the compound has dried, you must use a sanding block or sandpaper to achieve a flat, even surface. Wipe down the area with a slightly damp sponge and then let it dry. Sanding also leaves some particles on the floor that you must clean up with a vacuum cleaner and then a wet mop. Dust particles in the vicinity can fly around and adversely affect your painting job.

Step 4 – Prime and Paint

The final step is to apply primer over the patched hole and then to paint over it. Use a good quality primer that is suitable for the paint you intend to use. First apply primer over the patched area. Let it dry and then apply a second coat of primer all over the wall. Before priming the entire wall, you must clean the surface thoroughly so that it is free of dust, grime and grease. After the primer has dried, apply the paint. Repeat with 1 or 2 more coats of paint till you achieve the desired finish and an even color.

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